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Swift County

Experience a unique brand of beauty that can only be found in Swift County, the northern portion of the Prairie Waters region. This vast stretch of land features open prairies, rolling hills, and sparkling waters.

Swift County offers many native prairie sites, hiking trails, and parks, including Swift Falls, Ambush Park and Riverside Park. Swift County also borders the Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area, just south of Appleton. This area encompasses 33,000 acres of public lands and waters and is well known in birding circles as a natural transition zone for birds and the entire ecosystem, from the western plains to Minnesota’s eastern woodlands.

With welcoming communities and a variety of events and recreational activities, Swift County is a great place to live and visit!

Monson Lake State Park

The park lies within the Alexandria Glacial Moraine Complex, which was created by glaciers more than 30,000 years ago. And whether you’re into hiking, fishing, birdwatching or just a lazy day floating on the lake, Monson’s sure to have something to fit your taste. !e park features six electric and 14 non-electric sites for campers or RVs, and showers, flush toilets and vault toilets are
available for use.

Swift Falls County Park

Located on the banks of the Chippewa River, Swift Falls County Park offers a great place to hike, fish or enjoy its newly renovated
playground. Fishing enthusiasts can cast a line in areas below the dam for a chance at northern pike and walleye, or try a spot along the Chippewa River to snag your catch of the day. Hiking trails are scattered across the park, offering quiet, wooded terrain
with foot bridges over waterways for a truly serene escape.

Appleton Area Off-Highway Vehicle Park

The park covers 330 acres, including 20 miles of trails. It’s ideal for off-highway vehicles enthusiasts of all skill levels, containing miles of narrow technical trails that include stairsteps, hill climbs, rock crawls and mud pits. There’s also a motocross practice track available for use. Approved vehicles include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), 4×4 trucks, motorcycles/motorbikes and off-road vehicles like utility and side-by-side terrain vehicles. 

Top Employers 

  • Appleton Area Health
  • Benson School District
  • Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company
  • CNH Industrial America LLC
  • Countryside Public Health
  • Custom Roto-Mold LLC

  • Glacial Plains Cooperative
  • Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg School District
  • Swift County
  • Swift County Benson Hospital
  • Western Consolidated Cooperative
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